Last June, 2008, I was walking when my right knee gave in inwardly (sideways and inward). The result was a torn lateral meniscus. I had arthroscopic surgery in December of 2008. The surgeon found that I had a discoid lateral meniscus, removed the tear and trimmed the remaining cartilage to the proper "C" shape. He told me that except for the tear and the discoid meniscus, everything was in great shape and healthy. Well, it is 10 months later, in which I did 6 months of P.T., but my knee never healed and in fact the pain has spread to other parts of my knee and my knee swells very easily when I do anything (upright, sitting, sleeping). The MRI shows that my lateral meniscus is torn again and x-rays show I have osteoarthritis. One of the orthopedic surgeons I saw suggested trying Synvisc injections before resorting to surgery, especially since the surgery will involve removing the rest of my lateral meniscus which will in turn worsen the osteoarthritis.
Before I went to any orthopedic surgeons, I was trying acupuncture (I've had 4 or 5 sessions already and they've helped with my stiffness and range of motion).
Now I am not sure what to do. Has anyone used acupuncture successfully to eliminate the pain from osteoarthritis? Does anyone know which treatment has had more success treating the pain of osteoarthritis, acupuncture or synvisc injections?
Any help is appreciated.